A setting by David W Solomons for unaccompanied alto and tenor voices of the poem The Fallow Deer at the lonely house by Thomas Hardy See pdf for score and ogg Vorbis file for a performance by the composer Topics: fallow, deer, hardy, multitrack, a cappella, alto, tenor
Poem by Otto Wanke, music by by David W Solomons - for alto and guitar. A somewhat resigned teenage-angst song of unrequited love. See pdf file for score You can hear me perform the song in the ogg file Ich muss mich damit abfinden dass Feuer und Wasser nicht zusammen passen Das Feuer, das mit heller Flamme leuchtet, das seine Umgebung anzünden möchte, das knistert. Das Wasser, das gemächlich vor sich hinfliesst, das sich nur langsam erwärmen lässt, das sucht. Ich muss mich damit... Topics: teenage, song, alto, guitar, unrequited love, angst, german, english translation
Setting of a poem by S N Solomons inspired by the poem "Si tu t'imagines" by Raymond Queneau (very different from the Joseph Kosma setting of the original as sung by Juliette Greco!). In the same way that Queneau reflected the "gather ye rosebuds" ideas of Ronsard, the poem here and the music are also neo-renaissance, a sort of 20th century re-imagining of the music with which Ronsard would have been familiar. The setting is for alto voice and guitar. (see pdf files for the... Topics: ronsard, queneau, solomons, gather ye rosebuds, alto, guitar, satire, humour
Setting by David W Solomons of Rimbaud's poem Voyelles: (AATBarBB) See pdf for score. See ogg Vorbis file for a performance of the piece by the composer (multitracking) For a video of this piece see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCWS-Qho9ec A noir, E blanc, I rouge, U vert, O bleu : voyelles, Je dirai quelque jour vos naissances latentes : A, noir corset velu des mouches éclatantes Qui bombinent autour des puanteurs cruelles, Golfes d'ombre ; E, candeur des vapeurs et des tentes, Lances des... Topics: rimbaud, voyelles, synaesthesia, synesthesia, men's voices, alto, countertenor, impressionism,...
Setting of Dylan Thomas' poem extolling the carefree bravery of children, set for alto or tenor and guitar. See pdf files for scores and sound file for my perfomance The music written for this poem has also now become an instrumental piece as a movement in the sequence "The Poem is the song" for clarinet and guitar and for flute and guitar - see: flute version and clarinet version Topics: dylan thomas, alto, tenor, setting, music, original composition, david solomons
5 silly songs for alto and guitar by David W Solomons based on the following 5 poems There was a young belle of old Natchez ... Beneath this slab John Brown is stowed ... The Devil having nothing else to do went off to tempt my Lady Poltagrue ... The laughter of the lesser lynx is often insincere ... The common cormorant (or shag) lays eggs inside a paper bag. ... Audio sample performed by the composer (see ogg file). See pdf file for score Topics: silly, songs, alto, guitar, original music, rieu, nash, belloc
Arrangements by dwsolo for voice and guitar and for clarinet and guitar of John Attey's song "Sweet was the song the Virgin sang". The scores are in pdf format. Topics: renaissance, alto, clarinet, guitar, arrangement, Attey, religious, song
The poem En Province by Rodenbach, with English translation (Up Country) by S N Solomons, set to music by D W Solomons. See pdf files for score and parts and ogg or mp3 files for performance. This can also be seen as a video on En Province Topics: rodenbach, solomons, poem, province, country, song, alto, original music
Song by David W Solomons for recorder, alto voice and guitar based on Gavin Ewart's poem a cup too low - see pdf for score and ogg or mp3 for live performance. (If either of these can't be seen, check All Files: HTTP to download) Recorded in 1987 on Pentonville Road, performed by the composer with Tasse on recorder. The guitar starts with a theme from Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, by way of parody. My favourite line : It looks bad.. but don't be fooled... it is bad. Topics: ewart, solomons, mozart, parody, bad, alto, recorder, guitar, fooled, nachtmusik
See all 7 pdf files for the whole sequence. The mp3 or ogg file is a series of extracts from the sequence (because the soprano who sang with me doesn't want her voice to be included in the archive - pity!) (If either the pdfs or the ogg/mp3 aren't shown, check "All files: HTTP") Alun is a monk who writes lots of religious and philosophical poetry in various languages. In this sequence he is approaching the end of his noviciate and considering which order he should devote himself to. I... Topics: monk, poetry, religion, novice, music, voices, guitar, flute, recorder, alto, multitrack, philosophy
Carol Batton distributes her poems freely around Manchester. These are four of them, set to music for alto and guitar. See pdf file for the score and ogg or mp3 file for my performance. This can also be seen on video: Falling is Painless Topics: batton, leaf, clocks, song, original music, alto, guitar, poetry, poems, depression
This setting of the chapter "Expotition to the North Pole" from A A Milne's Now we are Six (Winnie the Pooh) was composed in 1977 by me, David W Solomons. The copyright on A A Milne's works expires in 2031 but - since I may not be alive then, I thought it would be worth putting this setting on archive.org already now, in the hope that it will be of interest to some for information and amusement. However, I must emphasize that public performances and commercial recordings should not be... Topics: pooh, bear, alto, guitar, recording, score, setting, kanga, roo, eeyore, rabbit, north pole
Song written after a "love affair" that never was. See pdf files for the various versions available (different keys with guitar chord names and version with full guitar part notated) and mp3 or ogg file for my performance in the original key (C Minor). I have also made a video of the song which you can see here: Cupid, shame yourself Topics: cupid, asexual, love, friend, shame, song, alto, guitar, chord names, iceberg, human form,...
Modal Mass setting originally written for men's voices (ATTB) but with an alternative for mixed choir also available here (SATB). The sound files (Ogg Vorbis files) for the men's voices version are performed by the composer (multitracking) but the SATB version is represented by electronic wind instruments. The scores are available at Musica Neo (mixed choir-SATB) and Musica Neo (male voices-ATTB) A video of the SATB version as sung by Matthew Curtis of choraltracks can be enjoyed on here on... Topics: mass, religion, liturgy, mode, modal, kyrie, gloria, sanctus, agnus, alto, tenor, bass, soprano,...
The accompaniment on this arrangement that I made of the English folk song a North country maid is moderately easy to play on the classical or acoustic guitar. The pdf file is the score. The mp3 or ogg file is an electronic preview (using clarinet for the voice part). (If either of these files cannot be seen check "All files: HTTP") Enjoy. If anyone records it I'd like to hear it :-) Topics: north, country, maid, folk song, english, guitar, alto, arrangement, classical, acoustic
Song of the Childless for alto voice and guitar composed and performed by David W Solomons (see pdf for score and mp3 or ogg file for performance) This song was inspired by my initial reactions to the realization that I am infertile. In my case this was due to Kallmann's syndrome [go google it ;-)] (that being said, some people with Kallmann's can have children, after much medical fiddling, but this is not so in my case). I am now perfectly happy with my infertility, after all, there is much... Topics: infertile, infertility, childlessness, song, original music, alto, guitar, score, classical guitar,...
Song for alto and classical guitar composed and performed by David W Solomons based on a poem by Paul Verlaine and an English translation by S N Solomons. See each of the pdf files for the two language versions and the ogg or mp3 file for my performance. The guitar part is fairly simple and makes good use of stopped and open strings on the same note and adjacent notes for its sonorous effects. Topics: verlaine, solomons, ennui, tedium, relentless, classical guitar, alto voice, original music,...